Lobelia inflata (Indian tobacco) [50 Seeds]


Germination Information: I recommend these seeds for experienced seed-starters only, partly because they are very tiny and partly because they may require some patience. The easiest approach is to surface-sow the seeds outdoors. in the area where you’d like them to grow, pretty much any time of year, so they can germinate when conditions are right.

If you prefer to start the seeds indoors, consider setting the pot in a plastic bag in your refrigerator for about a month before moving it to a warm, bright place for germination. (Remove the bag if the pot will be exposed to any direct sun.)

It is possible that these seeds could germinate if you start them in warm, bright conditions without a chilling period. But if you don’t see any signs of sprouting after about 3 weeks, then give the pot a chilling period as described above.

Note that this information will not appear on the seed packet you receive.

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Indian tobacco (Lobelia inflata) is a dainty native that starts out as a low, leafy rosette, then sends up 12- to 30-inch-tall stems with small, pale blue flowers. It quite often grows like a biennial, with the foliage appearing in fall, but it can also germinate in spring and flower the same year. Usually beginning in midsummer and continuing into fall, the flowers are followed by small, inflated seedpods. Indian tobacco self-sows once you get it started in your garden. Provenance is Milford Township, Bucks County, PA; the plants frequently pop up in my meadow and garden on their own, and I collected these seeds from those plants. Full sun to partial shade. Annual or biennial; Zones 3 or 4 to 9.

Collected in September and October 2021. At least 50 extremely small seeds.

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